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the numbers the pentagon told us about to tout how well they were doing are wrong. plus nks a hot air balloon explodes? mid-air. tourists killed by more than a dozen. >> i hear a loud explosion and see a lot of smoke. >> shepard: witnesses say the blast shook the ground and some passengers jumped seven stories trying to escape the burning balloon. tonight, searching for answers as the blame game begins. plus,. [bell] >> shepard: 20 years ago today. [sirens] >> shepard: terrorists tried to bring down the world trade center. >> it was just so infamiliar tommable. >> a new warning about americans joining forces with al qaeda. and why didn't we think of this sooner? dennis rodman brings basketball diplomacy to north korea. >> hoping be okay and hoping the kids will have a good time. >> did he pack his wedding dress? >> first from fox this tuesday night. getting a look at the moment the hot air balloon exploded in the sky and plummeted a thousand feet to the ground, 19 tourists killed. they were soaring over the ancient egyptian city at sunrise when the balloon caught fire blew up and came crashin
. the pentagon later i quit the request to stop the march first defense cuts from becoming reality, but senate and house republicans have altogether different view. fox news chief legal correspondent has our report. >> republicans made a pair of big statements today. the house g.o.p. today passed a measure: the president dismissed to congress by april 1 a budget that balances in 10 years. increasingly frustrated that the solution to decades of deficit spending is more taxation. >> the president doesn't believe we have a spending problem. he believes spending causes economic growth. if that were true, the economy today would be thriving. it isn't thriving. washington has to deal with its spending problem. i watched him kick the can down the road, i have had enough of it. >> a day after they dismissed the suggestion to again postpone tens of billions of dollars of mandatory spending cuts and other departments blooming under what is sequestration the defense secretary renewed his dire warnings. >> my greatest concern today is that we are putting our national security at risk by lurching from bud
's the news live at the pentagon. are we getting a straight answer how this happened? reporter: well, in essence, someone finally noticed that after reporting to congress last year that attacks by the taliban were down by 7%, a figure derived from month-to-month reports from the field about the number of enemy attacks, in fact u.s. and nato officials didn't include the figures gathered by the afghans themselves, leading to the following statements promenade meteorologist. >> violence levels had been trending downward in the last two years after five years of steady increases, beginning in 2006. reporter: the problem is the attacks weren't trending downward. they were exactly the same as 2011. an embarrassing admission by the pentagon about how the president's strategy was bearing fruit, may have been misleading. >> shepard: what is the pentagon saying now? >> day blame the afghans. the afghan commanders forgot to submit their field reports so the pentagon data was misleading. quote: during a quality control check we became aware that some data was incorrectly entered into the databa
this country needs right now. >> earlier today, pentagon spokesman, george little, said they had made no plans to its overall defense strategy in the automatic budget cuts approach, the sequester would result in a 9% overall cut the military budget. he spoke with reporters at the pentagon for about 35 minutes. [inaudible conversations] >> qaeda man. before getting to your questions, let me address one of the narratives in recent days regarding sequester set to begin friday unless congress acts. there seems to be a belief in some quarters that when it comes to negative impact the sequester will have on our national defense and military readiness, the department of defense is crying wolf. nothing could be further from the truth. he hurt from dod leaders in the past weeks is not hype. it is the blunt truth. it isn't exaggeration. as the clear eyed assessment of what would have been to the department if we were forced to put this mindless mechanism fully into place. under the guidance of secretary cannot come in the department leaders have been candid and forthright in describing how the military
and do the hard work of governing. >> reporter: the massive cuts to the pentagon, including a 20% pay cut for more than 700,000 civilian workers john mccain called unconscionable, demanding mr. obama lead. >> the president should be calling us over somewhere, camp david, the white house, somewhere and us sitting down and trying to avert these cuts. >> reporter: but even within the republican party, many are questioning how bad the cuts will be, accusing you the president of exaggerating the consequences. >> to not cut 2.5% out of the total budget over a year when it's twice the size it was ten years ago, give me a break. >> reporter: still, at this ship yard in norfolk, virginia, 1600 letters warning of possible pink slips are already in the mail, while workers wait for washington to act. >> guys really need to put their heads together and figure something out. >> you know, they take this away, a lot of people are going to be hurt. >> reporter: a looming crisis underxbird virginia's republican governor. >> sequester was put in place to be a hammer, not a policy. now here we are a week awa
that next paycheck may be smaller is not going over well among the troops. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has the details. she's working the story. barbara, what's going on? >> wolf, in this town, there's nothing that causes more anxiety in budget politics than the concept of cutting the pay for the troops. but that is exactly what is on the table if congress and the president cannot reach an agreement on a spending plan. the troops usually are happy to see defense secretary leon panetta, smiles and handshakes all around. but days before he leaves office, panetta has bad news. he's proposing less money in their paycheck next year. panetta, a savvy washington operative in budget politics, is leaving it to congress to figure out how not to cut pay and keep thousands of defense employees on the job. >> we will furlough as many as 800,000 d.o.d. civilians around the country for up to 22 days. they could face a 20% cut in their salary. you don't think that's going to impact on our economy? >> but the recommendation to slow the military pay raise will put troops in the middle of t
to kill americans. >>> and a drastic call by the pentagon this morning ahead of what could be huge budget cuts next month. the navy will reduce the number of aircraft carriers in the strategic persian gulf from two to one. that decision comes just one day before the "uss harry truman" was supposed to leave norfolk for the gulf. two carrier groups have been stationed in the region for the majority of the past two years because of rising tensions with iran. >>> this morning, president obama will speak at the national prayer breakfast at the washington hilton in northwest d.c. the president will meet with religious and community leaders from across the nation taking part in the 61st annual prayer breakfast. that national prayer breakfast has been held every year since 1953. after that, the president will head to leesburg, virginia. he will lay out his second-term agenda at the house democratic issues conference that's going on at the lansdowne resort. vice president biden spoke it the group yesterday. he said the world has changed since 1994 when congress passed an assault weapons ban. many
's oil flows. lawmakers have until march the 1st to cut $500 billion from the pentagon's budget over the next decade. if they don't automatic cuts kick. in with that dangling overhead the military has had its hands tied they tell us. jennifer pentagon -- griffin is at the pentagon tonight. i know they want more money. >> that's right. it is significant in terms of the message that it sends to iran right now in a very tense time in the middle east. but it is and it is the first concrete sign that the budget uncertainty is going to have a real impact on national security. at a time when tensions are are high with iran over its nuclear program and negotiations might be coming soon, the u.s. had had a policy of having two aircraft carriers over the golf for the past two years. the uss eisenhower will deploy later this month. but it will go alone we're told to replace the uss. according to george little said facing budget uncertainty continuing budget resolution and across the board sequestration cuts made this request to the secretary and he approved. secretary of defense approved to rev
happening in the senate floor. dana bash on capitol hill. barbara starr at the pentagon. dana, i understand 15 republicans voting with the democrats to move forward on the official vote for hagel as defense secretary. how did it break down? what do we know? >> reporter: after all of the division, all of the debate, all of the delay, this was a pretty bipartisan vote to stop this filibuster and to allow the haguele nomination to go through. 71-27. that's right. 71-27. it wasn't even close to move this along. and we believe actually maybe more towards 18 republicans. we're trying to get the final breakdown. we can report that the final confirmation vote will happen in about two hours plus, 4:30 eastern. three hours, i should say. by the end of the day, chuck hagel, according to the vote, will be officially confirmed by the senate as the next defense secretary, after a lot of partisan division and pretty ugly back and forth about him and about his positions and it's gotten personal. >> and i want to bring in barbara starr at the pentagon. obviously there are some things he's dealing with strai
. we will be live from pentagon in a minute. >>> and falling from space, wow, pretty cool, at a rate of more than 843 miles per hour, that's how fast dare devil felix baumgartner fell when he jumped from space. the official speed has been released. even faster now than those record keepers thought at first. pretty cool stuff. >>> one of our top stories today at cnn, a secret american drone base somewhere in saudi arabia, now this is according, these are reports from two major newspapers today, saying that this u.s. launches these drone attacks against al qaeda targets from that particular base. i want to bring in two folks here at the pentagon chris lawrence also michael holmes from cnn international. chris, it's not a total surprise that this was there in saudi arabia, but certainly it was not something that they officially wanted to reveal. why are they doing it now? >> that's the big question, suzanne, why did this come out? we reported two years ago from our sources u.s. officials were telling us the cia was building an airstrip in the a arabian peninsula. it was hinted it would
on it . we'll do everything but workog it i can tell you, i work in the pentagon and spent last five wikes there . i am a colonel and working in the pentagon. it is it the only thing they are thinking about right now and spending a tremendous amount of man and woman hours to try to find a way to implement those cut fist they move forward which it looks like they are going tompt >> the pentagon is sounding the alarm for many months. pan neta said the cuts are devastating . you are on the front line. how much impact will it have domestically and our defense? >> not only affect our defense, i think it will leave us vulnerable but also personalitily it is going to affect the folks that provide the services and all the way down to the smallest contractor that provides services through the supply chain all the way up. so it is going to be dramatic and devastate i agree with the secretary. we should have worked on this from day one. i am flagger -- flabbergasted. harry reid could bring them back tomorrow. our country's military and service is so much more important than vacation. come on back and
. jenna: we researched the pentagon for a independent staff we haven't got it yet. we have the research department said if we had revisions in afghanistan over the years and we haven't found any. they told the associated press doesn't tell the full story of progress against the taliban. >> fair enough. it is a snapshot, not the movie. once again i think it is pretty important when the administration uses this. panetta said last year that attacks were down in afghanistan in 2012. it doesn't seem to be the case. if we need to get more answers. jenna: we'll look for more information. we continue to cover the story throughout the day here on fox news. peter, thanks for your insight. >> thanks for having me. jon: one town's attempt to go green has some folks seeing red amid complaints wind turbines are making people sick. all this could end up costing taxpayers millions. we're live with that story. >>> plus, what do you get when you cross a rodeo, kids and sheep? the answer is on the way. [ male announcer ] how do you measure happiness? by the armful? by the barrelful? e carful? how about...
escalators at the pentagon station will be shut down as they get replaced. riders will still be able to get in and out of the station using the elevator and the northside at a later. -- escalate short. plans -- escaltorlator. "washington post" may be looking to sell off its downtown digs. >> twitter is the star of the super bowl. linda bell joins us now live from bloomberg headquarters in new york. >> good to see you. let's talk about stocks. they have been on a tear lately. on friday the dow hit orton thousands of the first time since two 2007. a little below its all-time record high. you talked about the super bowl. companies scramble to make light of the unexpected blackout by creating #poweroutage. oreo posted a picture of the oreo -- you can still dunk in the dark. it was retreated almost 14,000 times during the game. twitter, the site was under a cyber attack recently. the hackers may have obtained access to and from nation for about hundred 50,000 users. -- 250,000. the washington post may sell its downtown headquarters as newspaper owners stronger with circulation and ad spending.
't heard from the pentagon on the latest development. but the u.s. did confirm in 2011 this one of its unmanned drones went missing. >>> those drones will likely be one of the most heated talked points during john brennan's confirmation hearing. he's president obama's pick to head the cia. he'll face tough questions from democrats and republicans. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill with a preview. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. in a written response to those lawmakers he faces later today, brennan says that those drone strikes are rare but are legal. he is defending them and will talk more about that today. he'll be asked more about that today as the top counterterror adviser for the president. the white house also releasing what had been a classified memo to lawmakers on these intelligence committees with the legal justification for why the u.s. thinks or, as the white house put, it we're doing this for the right reasons in the right way. but the ucla, privacy groups, lawmakers, even some states disagree. 11 states are trying to restrict how drones are used in their
% cut in the pentagon's budget. more than 3.8 million americans have been jobless for six months or longer would see their unemployment benefits reduced more than 9%. stay with us for complete coverage of a legislative showdown over sequestration. cranston updates, go to wjla.com and check our facebook and twitter. >> sunny and mild conditions are about to change. parts of our region faced a threat of flooding. we have a first look at what we can expect. >> after a beautiful day it is hard to believe that you could be facing rain. partly cloudy and 44. two areas of precipitation. the one in the east coast, that one will have an effect tomorrow with rain. it looks like that is all it will be. this could be too much of a good thing with a flood watch posted. meanwhile west of washington, a number of winter headlines in effect. advisory's above 1,000 feet. winter storm warnings across western maryland and ice storm warnings across portions of west virginia. this is dependent on elevation location. east of the blue ridge some high in thin clouds. clouds are increasing tonight. as we
to run the pentagon. former republican senator and decorated vietnam combat veteran, chuck hagel, already under fire before today. he got a rough treatment at today's hearing. kelly o'donnell is on the hill tonight with details. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. tough questions were expected, but the real surprise today came in how chuck hagel handled the all-day scrutiny. at times appearing unprepared or off his game. and that's after hagel had dozens of personal meetings with senators, trying to win their support to become the next secretary of defense. >> right up the stairs, sir. >> reporter: chuck hagel would break new ground as the first enlisted man, first vietnam veteran, to run the pentagon. and first cabinet nominee to get the super pac treatment. tv ads against his confirmation. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: but it was hagel's former colleagues and even friends who waged a coordinated attack today on hagel's judgment. john mccain seized on hagel's vocal opposition to the surge of troops in iraq in 2007. >> the question, senator ha
. yorktown, appomattox, the pentagon where 9/11 occurred -- there is a ceremony tonight i will be commissioned in -- there is a commission in april. we care very deeply about these events. one in nine virginians birth to death is a veteran. when you add in the guard and reserve and contractors, now you are probably talking about one in three of us. we care very deeply about all that is within dod. let me be plain, the threat that virginians and others are talking about now more than ever is the inability of congress to find a way forward on a reasonable budget compromise. that is what is in the newspapers and the headlines. at the direction of the deputy director, dod is planning for future cuts. i am very worried at the macro level about dod's ability to pursue and execute appropriate national security objectives in this time of congressional inability to find a budget compromise. the current cr limits flexibility, for example, of the military to appropriately taylor resources, we have no flexibility to deal with a shortfall. and to me, it seems like funding the military
to the pentagon and military bases. joining sus-- us now congressman whitman who is urging the president and congressional leaders to find a way to make a deal and stop the cuts. great to have you here today. >> great to be with you. >> i know you are concerned about notice compromise reached. testimony us what will happen to virginia if sequestration goes through. >> for the entire state of virginia, it could mean reduction much 20,000 jobs and a impact on the state. the district i represent would be severely affected by that. we have a large number of military installation and dod civilian . eeps and main contractors that do a great job supporting our military. for our state and congressional district, impacts will be severe. >> they will be severe . isn't it true even with the sequestitration, the federal government will be spending more than 2013 than it did in 2012. >> it will, orchall government spending has to be decreased and we need to get on track to do that. i want to make sure we do it in a smart way. the way the cuts are put is not the smart way. in 2011 and these additional
of the pentagon, air traffic -- keep in mind that there are civilian employees of the pentagon. those are private sector jobs. 750,000 jobs and a 0.6% drag on gdp in a recovery is no small deal. wall street may not be terribly worried about debt, but regular americans who do not want to be unemployed would find a 0.6% track on gdp to be pretty significant. guest: it will have an effect on long-term unemployment insurance. there will be in effect for some people. host: our focus of the sunday morning are sequestration and the politics. our phone lines are open. dickensian -- send us an e-mail or join us on facebook or twitter. the present use sequestration as the topic of his weekly address. [video clip] thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off and parents will be scrambling to find child care for their kids. airport security will seek cutbacks, causing delays across the country. even president bush's director of the national institutes of health says these cuts will said that medical science for a generation. because have forced the navy to delay deployment of aircraft carriers to the
with us. nbc's chief correspondent. what are you hearing at the pentagon. >> officials knew this was coming although they didn't know the exact timing. this one has set off alarm bells, particularly because of the size of the blast. we're not relying on north korea claims here. south korea's seismic readings on the blast said it was somewhere about 6 or 7 kilotons, which could make it anywhere from 3 to 6 times more powerful than any previous weapon they set off before. north korea did claim they did this with a much smaller warhead, which would indicate they could be making progress miniaturizing a missile that could be launched at the united states. that's north korea and nobody is taking that seriously at this point and quite frankly, that's impossible to prove. within minutes, it seemed, after the blast was reported, the white house responded and president obama called it a highly provocative act that undermines regional stability and threatens ultimately u.s. national security. the president said it demands swift and credible action by the international community. that'
nations and people in the pentagon can count votes too. we've never had a defense secretary with this many opposing votes. now this is something he can shake off, but it's going to take some time. >> woodruff: that's right. i mean he has the fewest confirming volts of any defense secretary since the job was created. mark thompson, how does that affect his ability to do his job? >> well, it will depend. it will affect it in a big way if he acts as he did in his con for megs hearing which by all accounts he did not do well. conversely, i talked to people in the pentagon. the lower in ranks you go, the more they like this guy. the more they like the sense that an enlisted man is going to run the building. if you can use that as a springboard he's facing immense challenges from sequestration to afghanistan to a nuclear iran but it's an opportunity for him to seize the moment. if he does, people will forget this pretty quickly i think. >> woodruff: what about the sour relations or whatever lingering effect there is from this loud vote of no confidence from republicans in the senate? does that a
installing as, defense companies and the pentagon itself and virginia's democratic and republican lawmakers disagree on how to solve the crisis, there isboroing acknowledgment there might be no solution before friday. >> reporter: as president obama rallied, virginia's republican congressman questioned his holding a campaign-style southwest rage event whole no new talks are underway to prevent it from happening. >> the question i leave to you is to ask this, who the president can fix sequestration in the shipyard in virginia. if he can, i wish he would have been there a year ago so we wouldn't have to have this unstable situation. >> reporter: the virginiava congressmen are both members of the house armed services committee and both warn the axe will haunt virginia's economy and the nation's defense. >> it affects our readiness. the military chiefs don't have the ability to place the cuts thoughtfully and methodically across the defense budget. they have to go through and cut across the board. >> reporter: the damage could be significant. a white house briefing paper warns 90,000 civilian d
? >> at the pentagon. >> this is the first time hearing of this. when did this happen? did they make this decision on the cruise ship? >> no. no, they didn't. it actually happened in washington. >> really? that's fascinating. >> which is its own permanent port-a-potty. >> okay. mika, for those of us that were just sitting there looking at a cruise ship for 24 hours instead of following the real news, why don't you catch us up with what actually happened yesterday in the news. >> republicans blocked a vote yesterday that would have ended the debate and allowed for a final decision one way or another. democrats fell just shy of the votes needed to advance the process. something president obama chalked up to partisan politics. >> there's nothing in the constitution that says that somebody should get 60 votes. there are only a handful of instances in which there's been any kind of filibuster of anybody for a cabinet position in our history. and what seems to be happening -- and this has been growing over time -- is the republican minority in the senate seem to think that the rule now is that you have
on tape. take a look. four masked men walked into zale's jewelry store at the fashion center at pentagon city. the men smashed a display case and took off with 27 diamond rings. a car was waiting in the parking lot for them at the time. fortunately, no one was hurt during this. the rings are worth more than $120,000. anyone with information is asked to call arlington county police. police. >>> new this morning, the d.c. region is once again tops when it comes to the worst traffic congestion in the country. >> and from the sounds of it, it is only going to get worse. fox 5's melanie alnwick is live along i-207 in rockville, maryland with details of this brand-new study. >> good morning. at this hour of the morning, of course, things moving along pretty well along 270. as we know, with any of the major arteries and the side roads in the area, just one little accident can snarl the entire morning for commuters. it really is becoming a problem and it just -- it is one of those things that isn't getting any better. now, according to the texas transportation institute study, they say that our
somewhere by march 1st. otherwise, pentagon spending would shrink by 7.9%. domestic spending by 5.3% and medicare would take a 2% reduction. the president prefers an option that raises more money by closing tax loopholes. republicans want to stick with spending cuts only. a study by george mason university estimated that 448,000 jobs in d.c., maryland and virginia could be affected by automatic indiscriminate budget cuts. business leaders and local congressmen are concerned about the impact on our economy. >> and sequestration will hurt not only the defense side but the non-defense side. my committee funds the f.b.i. there will probably be furloughs at the f.b.i. there will be furloughs potentially at the national cancer institute, at nih. this thing has ramifications for defense and non-defense. >> reporter: the cuts were originally scheduled to kick in january 1st because congress couldn't grow on a broad package to reduce the deficit several times in 2011 and 2012 in excomping for republicans agreeing to raise the debt ceiling and they were pushed off again during the year-end
. the pentagon says it's planning to side line its most expensive weapons system. details on this, will it be a setback for the f-35 stealth fighter jet? >> the mysterious death of a russian boy, turning into an international accident or incident, as the russian government is now demanding the return of his brother. >> this is obviously a terrible tragedy and it's our understanding that texas authorities are still investigating the cause of death and that they themselves have not yet made any determinations as to how the child died. [ male announcer ] research suggests cell health plays a key role throughout our lives. one a day men's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for men's health concerns as we age. it has 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day men's 50+. bjorn earns unlimited rewas for his small business take theseags to room 12 please. [ garth ] bjors small busiss earns double miles on every purchase every day. produce delivery. [ bjorn ] just put it on my spark card. [ garth why settle for less? ahh, oh! [ garth ] great businesses deserve limited reward her
was also inducted into the hall of heroes at the pentagon and honored with a parade. since then meyer has raised more than a million dollars to help send the children of wounded marines to college. and finally, as you have all seen, he is the author of "into the fire: a firsthand account of the most extraordinary battle in the afghan war." leading authorities is very proud to exclusively represent dakota meyer, and now i want to show you a video to hear more about dakota and his story. thank you. ♪ >> it's kind of frustrating because, you know, everyone wants to get an interview about the worst day of your life. >> it was a straightforward mission that then-21-year-old sergeant dakota meyer had been assigned that day. meyer waited anxiously by the vehicles as his team began their parol of the village on foot. as they approached, all hell l broke loose. more than 50 insurgents fired from positions on mountains surrounding the valley and from within the village. back at the vehicles, meyer heard the firing and could see into the valley. the volume of fire increased, and the radio traffic
effective in dealing inside the pentagon? >> i would worry about a congress being jammed to support a nominee that the "washington post" is said to the left of obama policy agenda and on the fringe of the senate. >> heather: joining me now is brad blakeman and erlina maxwell i'll start with you. it does appear that chuck hagel will be confirmed as secretary of defense. will this delay his performance during his confirmation hearing make him a less effective or respected secretary of defense? >> process isn't over and the delay is a caused by hagel himself. additional information was needed in his testimony. the senators have a right to review that material and use that in their judgment. assuming he is confirmed, certainly his performance before the senate was not of the caliber as anybody would thought as somebody seeking the department of defense. it was not where it should have been. he knows that. certainly the white house knows that. having said that, i think the jury out. they are going to be looking to see when she confirmed as to whether he is up for the job. really the burd
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jennifer griffin live from the pentagon with more on that. >> reporter: today the deputy defense secretary, jon, warned by the end of the year two-thirds of all army units will not be ready to fight other wars, and there won't be enough money to put out to sea a third of the navy ships. the warning comes one day after the pentagon told congress it is going to have to furlough half of its 800,000-civilian workers. the hardest-hit states, california and virginia. our team went to hampton roads, virginia, yesterday. tom taylor owns a ship repair business there. >> it's not like turning on a spigot. you don't turn it on, turn it off, you know? if it's canceled, these things are months or years in the planning stage, so if they are canceled, you know, they don't come right back, you know? so that's pretty alarming. >> i want to know when am i looking -- am i getting laid off in march or april? you're one of those people who are living paycheck to paycheck, then you're, you have no secondary plan, and that's going to be horrible, it's going to cause a lot of stress. >> i'm very concerned about t
there including ambassador chris stevens. >>> the threat of huge budget cuts next smooth forcing the pentagon to make a drastic move this morning. defense secretary leon panetta says the number of aircraft carriers stationed in the critical persian gulf is being reduced from two to one. the decision comes just one day before the uss harry truman was to leave norfolk for the gulf. two carrier groups have been kept in the region for most of the past two years because of rising tensions with iran. >>> and we've learned the man chosen to replace leon panetta as defense secretary will not receive a confirmation vote today as originally planned. the senate armed services committee decided to delay the vote on former senator chuck hagel after demands for more information from republicans. several senators have asked for more detail of hagel's business dealings and contents of past speeches. democrats say the move is just political posturing, and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> 4:36. florida senator marco rubio will deliver the republican response to the president's state of the union ad
return home, and i admit that when we first asked him to lead the pentagon, his answer was simple -- no. but i kept asking him. i am persistent. that is how michelle married me. i just kept at it, and it is a testament to his patriotism, to his sense of duty, that leon agreed to serve on this one last tour. perhaps it was the memory of his parents and opening their homes up to gi's added to the pacific, perhaps leon served himself, a young lieutenant in the army. perhaps it was the experience of watching his youngest son deployed to afghanistan. what we do know is this -- as our nation's's 23rd secretary of defense and every action beyond panetta has taken, every decision he has made has been with one goal in mind -- taking care of our sons and our daughters in uniform and keeping america safe. just think of the progress under his watch. because we ended the war in iraq, winding down the war in afghanistan, our troops are coming home, and next year our war in afghanistan will come to an end. we have put the core of al qaeda on the path to defeat. we have been relentless against its affi
lawmakers talking about passing what's called transfer authority enabling these agencies, the pentagon and others, to set priorities and not this draconian sequester setup. the white house is saying that they may not be in favor of that. so you have this standoff that it appears the sequester's going to move forward just as it is. jon: we'll just see how bad it is. a lot of people say the politicians are sort of hyping the damage that we can expect starting friday. we'll see. bret baier from "special report." thank you. you can watch bret on "special report," all of the latest political developments, and this is going to be a big week, 6 p.m. eastern right here on fox news channel. jenna: well, u.s. special forces who risk their lives to defend the people of afghanistan, the innocent people of afghanistan, are under fire by the afghan president now. we're going to tell you what's behind hamid karzai's surprising accusations and what it means for our troops in the fight against the taliban. >>> plus, some breaking news from sin city. police naming a prime suspect in a wild shootout that
military community where he plans to highlight painful cuts they say for the pentagon and the u.s. navy. but republican leaders calling on the president to quote, stop campaigning and help them solve the problem. but at the moment, there are no meetings planned between any of these sides, the house, the senate, the white house and they're taking friday off as of now. martha: all right. well the looming budget cuts were high on the agenda when the president sat down with the national governors association yesterday. arizona governor jan brewer went "on the record" with greta van susteren to get her impressions exactly what happened at that meeting. here's that. >> you know, he definitely says he wants to work together but obviously he doesn't want to compromise one little bit. bottom line he wants to raise taxes. and he doesn't want to cut. i think the american people believed, that the time now is to start cutting the budget. martha: so when it came to compromising governor brewer went on to say that the president said that the elections were basically behind him and that he was going t
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